SUPERMAN Rumors: Superman to Solve Problems in West Africa; Anne Hathaway a Contender for Lois Lane

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If all those Batman rumors aren’t your thing, then how about some rumors regarding upcoming film for DC’s other major superhero.  What’s Playing is reporting a couple interesting rumors regarding Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel.  WP reports that while Man of Steel will feature Superman, the primary focus is on Clark Kent.  Per What’s Playing, “A character breakdown issued to casting agencies this week says that the plot involves Clark getting involved in some sort of battle between two tribes in West Africa.  When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be.”  Yeah, who wants to see Superman fighting Lex Luthor or Brainiac when you can see how lifting heavy things will somehow solve generations of violent power struggles.  Is the “modern context” producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer were talking about?

Hit the jump for more on the film and Anne Hathaway as a “contender for Lois Lane”.

superman_alex_ross_01In addition to the Zwick-ian sounding plot (white guy saves/leads helpless minority), it also sounds very small potatoes when considering that Superman is capable of doing on the big screen.  If I’m seeing a Superman movie, I want to see larger-than-life battles.  The idea of turning the focus to a mopey Clark Kent who struggles to understand his origins would be interesting if A) we didn’t already know Superman’s origin story; and B) this wasn’t the premise of Smallville, which has been on the air for ten seasons.

Granted, this is just a rumor, but it jives with an earlier logline about the plot, which read “Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman.” (Answer: “Yes, he should.”). Snyder has also said that “The film will focus on early days of Superman.”  I understand that there needs to be a reboot, but we all know who Superman is and what he does.  Perhaps, Goyer, Snyder, and Nolan have found a way to make the story work, but this rumored premise doesn’t fill me with hope.

What’s Playing is also reporting that “Anne Hathaway is said to be a contender to play Lois Lane in the film.”  I’m sure she is as is probably every other noteworthy, age-appropriate actress in Hollywood.  That being said, I think Hathaway would be a great choice for the role.

Superman: The Man of Steel is currently set for a holiday 2012 release.

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  • The2ndalbro

    So apparently they’re just copying Birthright plot point by plot point?

    • Jessewilks

      My thoughts exactly when I read this.

    • Jessewilks

      My thoughts exactly when I read this.

  • The2ndalbro

    So apparently they’re just copying Birthright plot point by plot point?

  • DRMidnite08

    This does NOT fill me with hope…

  • Manchops

    WTF? West Africa? Who the heck is minding the store these days? I hope this is nothing but a rumor.

  • Pussy Galore

    It has been said that they put that plot out there just to have something and not give the real plot away. Hopefully, that’s the case. Hathaway would be a good choice, but for some reason I think Michelle Monaghan would work better. She has that Lois look of the animated series and the comic book IMO.

    • whs

      Michelle Monaghan would be a better Wonder Woman!

  • Sergio_rossell

    the problem with previous superman movies is that that the studios are trying so hard to make superman fit in the real world so moviegoers can relate to him. actually it has to be the other way around, they have to put the audience in supes world, no matter the unrealistic. ie. the lord of the rings, everybody felt somehow related to the characters and it was a story with magic and sorcery in it and nobody said “wait, that is not possible”, why? cause despite all the fantasy in these movies they managed to put us the audience in that world and deep into the characters. in a nutshell, just make a good superman movie with cool and epic fight scenes and nice character development as any movie should be.

    • Alex

      Well blame Nolan if this is the case.

  • Javanclark

    TBH, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a prominent Graphic novel or mini-series from Superman’s 4-color canon will server as the basis for this film. Batman Begins was nothing more than a modified version of FM’s “Year One”. So far, with Nolan and co., the process has worked. I for one am looking forward to Birthright on screen, telling the tale that so many need to see. “Why” would this man, who can do so many amazing things, use those gifts to protect us AND be a symbol of hope (he could have done it all from the shadows, unseen)? To many times we see how someone became a superhero, Vat of chemicals here, a little anti heroic-ness there, VOILA! Superhero. Now we get a chance to see why… and as a lifelong fan I know so many of you who kind of like, or want to know more about, Superman will join the club after you see “why”.

  • Dave

    I think these guys are just afraid to let Superman be the hero he’s supposed to be. Maybe they don’t know how to really write a story for this kind of hero? The “traveling the world” plot is TV-level storytelling and we’ve already had our fill of Smallville, which has emphasized the Clark Kent angle for the last 10 years. We don’t need more of it. A little Clark is fine, but we all know about that story. We need to see Superman!

  • Bobmonkeyclaus

    Anne hathaway’s tits as lois lane

  • Bobmonkeyclaus

    Anne hathaway’s tits as lois lane

  • gnort

    Sounds like the beginning of Superman: Birthright. And if that were the case, then this part of the movie would only be about 40 or so minutes into the film. Then Clark would go to Smallville for a brief scene or two to learn of his origins, and after that off to Metropolis and the coming of Superman to take on a powerful threat. I’m not worried. Sounds logical to start the movie off like this. Giving some characterization to Clark and his path to becoming Superman. Sounds the same as Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne was seen setting on his path overseas to train. His return to Gotham City and his emergence as Batman didn’t happen until well into the first 50 minutes to an hour of Batman Begins.
    This W. Africa thing (if true) sounds like the introduction/plot device to get viewers reacquainted with Clark and his story. I’m not worried, if this is true.

  • gnort

    Sounds like the beginning of Superman: Birthright. And if that were the case, then this part of the movie would only be about 40 or so minutes into the film. Then Clark would go to Smallville for a brief scene or two to learn of his origins, and after that off to Metropolis and the coming of Superman to take on a powerful threat. I’m not worried. Sounds logical to start the movie off like this. Giving some characterization to Clark and his path to becoming Superman. Sounds the same as Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne was seen setting on his path overseas to train. His return to Gotham City and his emergence as Batman didn’t happen until well into the first 50 minutes to an hour of Batman Begins.
    This W. Africa thing (if true) sounds like the introduction/plot device to get viewers reacquainted with Clark and his story. I’m not worried, if this is true.

  • Puff, the Magick Dragon

    Dear God, NO!! No to intervening in West Africa; and a giant HELL NO to Anne Hathaway as Lois Lane!!!! Did you even see her disgusting turn as the dead eyed, idiotic, Stepford Wives-wannabe White Queen in ‘Alice’?! It was dreadful.

    • Alex

      Well that entire film was terrible. But I don’t like Anne Hathaway either, she’s not a good enough actress. I don’t care if she got nominated. We need someone better.

  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu David

    I’ve always thought Robin Tunney (The Mentalist, The Craft) would make a great Lois. She’s got that young Margot Kidder sassiness about her. But I guess they’d consider her too old now. If she’d got the gig last time instead of Bosworth, Superman Returns would have been a much better film , I think.

  • Mickey

    When i first read this post i was like no way !! Then i saw the comments below about the plot being taken from the Superman : Birthright series and i went and read the outline for it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman:_Birthright.

    Now i think this could be interesting. It’s very similar in structure to Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne was travelling the world before he decides to return to gotham and become Batman.

    I actually think this outline for the film is pretty accurate now considering the people involved and the logline which was released earlier !!

  • Mlahooti

    Mate. I’m getting so sick of hearing this shit all the time. “Oh, we all know where superman came from” No we fucking don’t! Not even fans of the comic do anymore! Fuck there are so many different slight variations on the exact origin nobody knows exactly how/when superman landed on earth anymore.

    And no, man, none of the movies, ever even BEGAN to explore how Clark decided to become Superman.

    In the movie everyone goes on about by Richard Donner…. What? He walks into the north pole. Tosses a crystal. A crystal castle comes up from the ground, and Marlon Brando starts talking. Next time we see him, he has a suit AND he’s a reporter working in one of the world’s leading newspapers?! And he’s seemingly some kind of uncooridnated dork? I mean WTF!!! I can COMPLETELY understand why they wanna start again. THERE IS NO FUCKING SUPERMAN ORIGIN STORY PUT TO SCREEN.

    The novel by Tom DeHaven “It’s superman” did it best. And to be honest, the movies need to get THAT right before they move onto the crazy ass battles otherwise all you’re gonna have is fucking fantastic four.

    Stop bitching about the fucking origin story and understand that a decent plausible origin story is exactly what superman needs.

    And sure, we all know HOW superman came to earth. But nobody really understands why Clark Kent decided to be a fancy fireman for a living.

    I mean we quickly rationalize it, like we did with batman before Chris Nolan’s batman came out. But we don’t really understand it. Nobody has ever humanized that specific character journey in a way that works before. It is always skipped.

    He’s running really fast in a cornfield- Cut to – He’s a reporter wearing superman clothes under his suit.

    Let’s face it guys. The superman movies, and smallville. Fucking suck.

    Not cause superman doesn’t have potential, the vast amount of comics and great published material disproves that (Alot of it is crap, but there are still plenty amazing superman stories out there, just not filmed ones)

    Because to this day, the transition from Clark Kent to Superman, has never been truly explored. Smallville is a piece of shit.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with most of what you say- but, Smallville is f*cking great. Yeah, it’s a CW show and has the production value to prove it; but, if you actually follow the story, it’s brilliant. And, it gives a very clear and reasonable journey that Clark Kent takes to becoming Superman. This season is especially good. But, agreed about the Donner film. It leaves a giant plot hole.

      • Alex

        Noone watches Smallville except women and feminine men.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. I’m sure you’re a real macho man. That’s why you’re reading Superman stories on Collider.

      • Alex

        I dropped out from Smallville second season, after I started hating Clark Kent’s emo guts, Kristin Kreuk and Rosenbuam weren’t enough I’m afraid.

        Also everyone knows Collider is the real macho man’s movie news site.

      • Alex

        Noone watches Smallville except women and feminine men.

    • Gsxrnomad

      You are an idiot.

    • mitchum

      You are an idiot

    • old soldier

      Ummm…wow, uh I had a couple of points to make but you covered them all. I’ll stay out of this one. I don’t need my ass kicked that bad.

    • ChaosLord

      Bollox. I smell chloroform. What are you, the key grip in the pre-viz department?

  • platinum

    I’d rather see Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane.

  • Brockybalboa

    We can discuss things without saying the F word so many times.

  • Brockybalboa

    We can discuss things without saying the F word so many times.

  • Guest

    “Granted, this is just a rumor, but it jives with an earlier logline about the plot…”

    The word is not jive (a kind of dance or nonsense talk) but JIBE (which refers to a consistency or compatibility of ideas or concepts). The rumor jibes with the earlier description of the plot.

    I don’t usually post douchey grammatical corrections but this is one that I see a lot on the Internet (and in regular speech) so it’s worth correcting every now and again.

  • Guest

    “Granted, this is just a rumor, but it jives with an earlier logline about the plot…”

    The word is not jive (a kind of dance or nonsense talk) but JIBE (which refers to a consistency or compatibility of ideas or concepts). The rumor jibes with the earlier description of the plot.

    I don’t usually post douchey grammatical corrections but this is one that I see a lot on the Internet (and in regular speech) so it’s worth correcting every now and again.

  • WhatUpZod

    this rumor about the plot better not be true… that’s all I have to say.

    • Captain40

      Superman doesn’t need an origin story. EVERYONE and their grandma knows everything about him and the supporting characters, so therefore the whole going to Africa plot would be a waste of screen time. Just start the movie off with Brainiac beginning his plot to invade Earth and take it from there.

      • Jonathan

        no thanks. we have cartoons and comic books that do that already.

        I want to see what made this superpowered being WANT to be superman.

      • Dave

        I was always under the impression that his desire to do good was drawn from the values his human parents taught him. Superman was simply the identity he established to allow him to serve mankind and still retain his life as Clark Kent.

        A better question might be how much should a superman do to affect human destiny. How long before his actions diminish mankind’s ability to care for themselves and grow as a society? When is there too much superman?

      • Vex Godglove

        Which was a major theme in “Red Son”, the alternate universe miniseries where his pod landed in the plains of Russia instead the midwest USA.

      • Alex

        He’s a superhero because he wants to do good. I think the reason needs to be a bit more complicated and more impassioned. Otherwise we are entering Watchmen territory.

      • Gman

        Everybody knows Batman’s origin story, yet I didn’t hear anyone complaining when they announced Batman Begins.

        Fact is everybody only knows the ABRIDGED one-line summary of Superman’s origin.

        ‘Alien kid with superpowers gets sent to earth, raised by farmers, becomes hero’.

        Nobody knows the details unless they read the comics. And they’re different for each of the half-dozen origin stories that have come out since the 1930s.

  • Elvin Cito

    It’s not real. With Nolan and Goyer in the same team. Superman won’t be bad. It’s cool to see how superman fits in our realistic world. It not hard to make a super hero movie (if your a fan) I write and draw about super heros almost all the time (If I have time) just to get the idea what villain and what story could make a movie. High hopes for the man of steel. Chris Nolan and Dave Goyer will do great. Hope that the guy from watch man becomes him. He can pull it off.

    • Elvin Cito

      …same team as Nolan and Goyer* it’s* watchmen*

      • sense11

        Great Movie

      • sense11

        Great Movie

  • sense11

    its all good people, just a rumor for now.

    I have to admit that when I day dream about having superpowers I always think the first thing i would do is travel around the world fucking destroying every single bastard that ever used rape as an instrument of war. And there happens to be plenty of those bastards in the Congo. Maybe that’s the type of conflict Superman will be dealing with at the beginning of The Man of Steel.

    Frankly I’m down for that

  • Christophercantos

    Anne Hathaway is just not a good actress. she’s a GREAT ACTRESS. after Rachel Getting Married, i can not just think of her as an actress who acts on comedies or chick flicks.

  • jdstorm

    On the Anne Hathaway casting. They should cast superman first then get the girl who is the best fit. it seems like Actors have their perfect onscreen pair, they just need to find that person off whoever they cast as superman.

    they made the last movie about lois and look at how good that turned out

  • jdstorm

    On the Anne Hathaway casting. They should cast superman first then get the girl who is the best fit. it seems like Actors have their perfect onscreen pair, they just need to find that person off whoever they cast as superman.

    they made the last movie about lois and look at how good that turned out

  • ChaosLord

    What-the-fuck is wrong with WB? Can’t you just tell an actual Superman story? Maybe ONCE?!

    We know the origin. People in fucking Thailand living in a cave know the origin. Enough already.

    How about, oh I don’t know, a Superman movie where he’s actually being Superman? You know, battling Darkseid, or taking on Braniac, or wrecking Metropolis in a hand to hand fight of the ages wtih Metallo, or anything other than the same insipid shit you people have been trolling out at us for years.

  • Thinkpro

    Mila Kunis for Lois Lane. The best Superman story would be the one that he does not want to be Superman. The more reluctant he is, the better the story. Gung-ho superheroes are miserably bad. They need to be pulled in to their roles not rush in to them. I am sure Superman has artistic vision, goals, and ambitions, may be he wants to use his powers to create something grand, artistic, but duty keeps calling and he has to abandon it, to his disappointment.

    Unless the new reboot sets Superman in a world that we have not seen, like Blade Runner, it will not be any different than what we have seen before. These characters are extraordinary, so should the world that they need to save be too. At least Gotham was in Batman Begins, but not in Dark Knight. The world, the atmosphere, the environment of LOTR, Harry Potter, Alien, Blade Runner enhance their characters. We need to see Superman in a world that we have not seen before. Change the world, and we’ll see a changed Superman, a new Superman, one we have not seen before.

    • Lol

      mila kunis is actually not a bad pic for lois. lois is really annoying and so is jackie in that 70s show…

    • Lol

      mila kunis is actually not a bad pic for lois. lois is really annoying and so is jackie in that 70s show…

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  • Uberfan

    Might work just so long as Tom Welling is Superman. Anne Hathaway’s 5’8″ to Tom Welling’s 6’3″ could translate well onto the big screen.

    • sense11

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  • Eli

    They should just let the Superman franchise be the one they just couldn’t get right. On the other hand, I never thought of Hathaway as Lois Lane. She’d be perfect. If she chooses to do this it’ll still be a red mark on her record.

  • Hamptonx

    i think this movie stinks cuz i dont have to explain myself to yall

  • Nvppark

    don’t believe everything you hear…they’re probably throwing everyone off with this info…
    Nolan’s too smart to put Superman in the wrong direction.

    • Pleasedontsuck

      i think you’re right that there’s misinformation being served, but if they were looking @ birthright, i wouldn’t surprise me at all. could be cool, could suck.

    • Pleasedontsuck

      i think you’re right that there’s misinformation being served, but if they were looking @ birthright, i wouldn’t surprise me at all. could be cool, could suck.

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